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Time to Market - It’s Not Just About Speed

July 21, 2021
When I’m describing the Key Value Areas (KVAs) of Evidence-Based Management, I find Time to Market is often misunderstood to mean “just go faster.” We need to scrub off the scent of “we know what we need to do, we just need to do it faster.” In complexity, goals and execution have a lot of unknowns, and things emerge as we do the work. So, we will be unsuccessful if we choose to follow a plan, even if we do it faster.

Professionalism, Leadership and EBM

July 21, 2021
The role of an agile leader is to create and foster an environment where empiricism thrives to support the delivery of value. Evidence Based Management supports this, by providing a framework to link goals and objective measures to provide insights in to how effectively the organisation is working.

Making Measurement Meaningful with Evidence-Based Management

July 21, 2021
EBM provides organizations with an opportunity to use empiricism to improve customer outcomes by delivering greater value. It helps to improve collaboration by elevating conversations from opinion-based discussions to evidence-based discussions and decisions. EBM may feel awkward at first, but it will be rewarding. The seeds of learning and changing are there.

Tobias Mayer on Agility

July 16, 2021
There are loads of blog posts, articles and podcasts about agile - what it should be, what it should do, how it should look? The problem is that a lot of what’s out there is hypothetical and not based on field experience.
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 What happens to Product Backlog Items that you can’t complete by the end of the Sprint?

July 11, 2021
The purpose of the Sprint is to deliver a ‘Done’ increment which meets the Sprint Goal.  At the Sprint Planning event, the Product Owner and the Scrum Team collaborate together to create a Sprint Goal - which describes why the Sprint is valuable - after which the Development team selects Product Backlog Items which describe what will be delivered and creates a plan for how to deliver them.  

UX the Foundation of Agility

July 7, 2021
My experience tells me that IT industry has some huge problems! First, there are many products for a lot of money that do not make sense. Second, products are created that solve the right problems in the wrong way. Third, products are created that solve the right problems in the right way but are not "sexy" in the eyes of users. All these 3 problems are addressed by the so-called User Experience. Although I must say that this is an often confusing concept. Many people hearing User Experience mean User Interface, and this is only a part of the truth! UI design is included in UX, but UX is a much, much broader concept.
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Can Scrum Work for Hard Deadlines?

July 6, 2021
If you’ve ever wondered whether Scrum can work for hard deadlines, the answer is – yes!  Not only can Scrum work in these situations, but in my experience, using this agile framework increases the probability of meeting challenging  deadlines.